Questions to Ask Travel Nursing Agencies
Most healthcare travelers have to learn the hard way about
what to look for when looking for an agency. Below is a list of informative questions
to ask your recruiter. If your recruiter is hesitant or doesn't know the answers,
this can tell you a great deal about your recruiter (your lifeline) and perhaps
History of the company (how long in business, how many office locations)
has been with the company
Where is your recruiter's office located and what
What are the company's strengths and weaknesses?
Have a website
Name some cities you have assignments in right now
do you have that travelers seem to like the most and why?
(private or shared)
Range of pay to expect
with this company for my specialty
Type (PPO, HMO, deductible,
Any cost to me for the insurance
When does insurance take effect?
Any fee to add family members
(If you like what you
heard so far, you may want to ask the following more detailed questions)
Guaranteed hours (how
Have tax advantage plan
Offer referral bonuses
Pay time and
half after 8 hrs in California
Ever pay double time (when)
For obtaining nursing lisc in assignment state
For required Physicals
If so, when are these reimbursements provided
Any assignments I might be interested in
Length of assignment
Possibility of extension
Ever offer corporate housing (includes linens and dishes etc.)
Which of the following
are provided by the company:
What appliances are provided?
How early can I move
into apartment before the assignment?
Housing manager's name
1. What if I get to my assignment and dislike my housing
2. What if I get sick on assignment? What is the penalty?
3. What if my paycheck
4. What if I have a nursing issue regarding my workplace,
practices, or my treatment? What support is available?
5. What if I find
my workplace unacceptable or I have a family emergency and have to leave the assignment
early? What will be the consequences? Will I owe you for housing?
I specify what departments I am willing to float to?
7. Do you cover me
with liability insurance if something happened?
I have a pet deposit?_____ refundable?______
2. I need childcare
want to work on increasing my skill level in a certain area.
Long Term Incentives
Vacation packages or award programs?
Note: Don't be afraid to ask that anything you have discussed that is important
to you be added to the contract in writing.
Final Questions for the Recruiter
How accessible are you (my recruiter)?
How do I get
a hold of you?
Do you have a pager?
What is your email address?
about a direct phone line?
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